Nigeria’s bid to host the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was dashed on Friday after the world football governing body confirmed the Central American duo of Costa Rica and Panama as joint hosts of the tournament.
FIFA revealed the hosts of the competition on its website on Friday.
“We would like to thank the Costa Rican and Panamanian football associations for their commitment towards women’s football and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in particular. We are looking forward to a fantastic competition in August,” said Colin Smith, FIFA’s Chief Tournaments and Events Officer.
“After the highly successful FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this year, it is important that we build on the momentum at all levels of the game. The U20WWC in Costa Rica and Panama next year is a perfect opportunity for us to continue driving the popularity of the game and with it being the first jointly hosted tournament – we can make the impact even greater,” Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer, said.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had expressed the country’s interest to host the biennial showpiece event and had hoped to win the hosting rights following the inspection of facilities in the country by FIFA officials in August.
The FIFA officials had complained about the state of some facilities in the country, but Mainasara Ilo, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, had assured that the necessary upgrade would be done to meet up with global standards.
Apparently, the world football governing body was unimpressed with the state of facilities and instead issued the hosting rights to Costa Rica and Panama.